Remember me

Remember me

“Lizzie Lamble is my name and England is my nation, Kingsbridge is my dwelling place and Christ is my salvation,When I am dead and in my grave and all my bones are rotten, Upon this book you will see my name and I shall not be forgotten.” These words are...
House Detectives

House Detectives

In our March ’22 newsletter you may have read about the recent donation of a bundle of 19th century documents relating to buildings in the village of Frogmore in the South Hams. These records cover the period from 1811 to 1899 for several cottages, or dwelling...
Norden’s Survey of Crown Lands

Norden’s Survey of Crown Lands

Crown lands in the early 17th century The Archive is a partner organisation in the Friends of Devon’s Archives (FODA) project about the early 17th century survey of crown lands by John Norden. In 1612 James I appointed John Norden as surveyor of the King’s lands in...
Visiting the Archive during the pandemic

Visiting the Archive during the pandemic

Visiting the DRA during the Covid-19 Pandemic, from February 2022.  The Government yesterday (21 February 2022) announced their Response Strategy for ‘Living with COVID-19′. This includes the removal of remaining domestic restrictions and changes to the rules...
Finding Pike Ward

Finding Pike Ward

The Icelandic Adventure of a Teignmouth Sea Trader.  In 2016, a set of scrapbooks was rediscovered in the stores at the Devon Heritage Centre that had been made by Pike Ward to record his extraordinary life in Iceland between 1893 and 1909. The pages were full of...
Evening Lecture Programme 2022

Evening Lecture Programme 2022

The Devon Rural Archive’s 2022 Evening Lecture Programme. You are invited to join us at the DRA, at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month, to learn about aspects of Devon’s history, archaeology and architecture, through a series of special talks. Our programme, now...